Ryze Tech Tello drone in practical test: battery life, flight behavior, range and video quality check

Entertainment factor
Material quality
Flight behavior
Price quality
Overall rating 4.9 / 5

The Ryze drone is lightweight and comfortable, and should impress in the air with a host of features. DJI does not mistakenly believe that the drone contains many components made by DJI and Intel.

However, we want to know more precisely if the entry-level Tech Tello drone, as well as the big drone from industry leader DJI, is flying – the quality of the components should definitely show that!

You can watch our full video review here:

Tech Tello scope of delivery

The drone package does not promise too much and offers many accessories.

Tello can be controlled via a mobile phone using the Tello app or a controller, which is not included in the package and must be purchased separately. This controller is drone compatible.

The controller is very comfortable in the hand and gives the impression of very high quality. It’s the same with the body of the copter: nothing rocks, the battery is stuck, the propellers can be easily screwed in and out.

The drone weighs less than 250g, so no license plate is required to operate the Tello drone, but liability insurance is still mandatory.

Range and behavior in the air

According to the manufacturer, the range of the drone is limited to 100 meters. In our range test, we were able to reach 65 meters. After that, the image transmission signal was partially disrupted, and safe flight became impossible.

You can also fly up to 10 meters. If you go higher, you risk interrupting the signal. That’s enough and it’s a lot of fun.

Fully charging the battery allows the drone to stay aloft at full load for 11 to 12 minutes. This value is absolutely the highest due to the low price and some competing models such as the B. Parrot Mambo (7 to 8 minutes) or Parrot Airbourne (8 minutes) are clearly better.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to try flying with VR goggles yet because I borrowed my Parrot Bepop 2 (FPV goggles were included in this set) to a friend. The app is simple and straightforward, it resembles the DJI-GO app.

The takeoff and landing process couldn’t be easier for beginners. Just press the launch button in the app and the drone will automatically take off into the air.

The in-flight positioning system really does an excellent job, and the quadcopter stands as if carved in the air. For a mini drone without GPS or the Russian GLONASS satellite system, the “stay in place” characteristics are absolutely excellent.

Tech Tello can handle light gusts of wind without any problem, but strong winds should be avoided as you can quickly lose control of your remote or mobile phone. However, this is not surprising with such a light weight.

DJI Tello immediately fulfills all flight commands, without delay, which I transmit to him on the way through my mobile phone. Image transmission also does not show latency or dropout times as is the case with some models in this price range.

A very cool feature is the somersault that Tello can do. To do this, you just need to switch to stunt mode on the mobile phone screen and then swipe your finger across the screen and point the helicopter in which direction to flip.

It should be noted that there must be enough space as the quadrocopter takes 1 second after completing the trick to return to its original position and move on its own.

It works absolutely without problems, but the drone sometimes carries it a little to the side so that there are no obstacles on the way.

The 360 ​​° function performed very well in the test. The drone then automatically starts recording video and flies around the object completely independently, without you having to do anything.

The camera must be properly aligned beforehand, as the drone’s camera position cannot be changed during flight (as with the Mavic Air or Mavic Pro in Point-of-Interest flight mode).

Another flight mode of the Tello quadcopter is up and down flight, during which video recording can be made. I have not found a real application of this function in practice (which is not bad at all!)

Overall, I am very pleased with the flight performance and pleasantly surprised at how accurate and responsive the drone is for this price range – hat off!

Photos and videos in the check

Photo quality is definitely good for a drone in the lower price range, and clearly outperforms similar drones in this price range. In good enough lighting, photos are sharp, detailed, and colors are contrasting.

When it’s dark outside, the shots don’t look special. The ISO value cannot be changed in the application. However, I think the photos are really good. You can see some sample photos here:

You can also use HD video (1280 × 720 pixels). Of course, the recordings are not world-class and are not sufficient for recording professional films, but the next birthday can be filmed from the air.

Although there is no stabilizer, videos are relatively stable. However, the video is certainly not comparable to the video from the Mavic Air or Mavic Pro.

If you’re looking for a drone that can record similar videos, but in Ultra HD (4k), UPAir 4k is worth a look.

My conclusion about the Ryze Tech Tello drone

I find this extremely inexpensive drone to be very successful. This is due, on the one hand, to very high quality equipment, including from DJI and Intel, and very simple, intuitive flight characteristics.

This is my personal test winner in the drone sector for beginners. All the factors in this part are just the quality, as usual from DJI, excellent.

Quality for a small budget, more in this segment and at this price is not possible.

Ryze Tech Tello is currently available for cheap on Amazon (click).